What: Tex Perkins & Matt Walker
Where: Garden of Unearthly Delights
Duration: 60 minutes
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Tex Perkins is a seasoned performer who never fails to deliver, and this show was no exception! He likes a yarn and really plays along with the audience. They kicked off with a couple of songs Tex & Matt co-wrote, both new ones for me but I loved them!
The stage had a long centre section which Tex said he was going to use at some stage. A couple of times he was out front with his foot on a speaker and mimicking the pose of a rock guitar soloist. On one occasion his cable became tangled up with the microphone stand, which he promptly pulled over so he could reach the front of the stage.
They did an interesting song called Tropical Love Song, which I expected to have a romantic theme. However, it was mainly about the myriad of creepy-crawlies so common in Australia’s tropics! Quite a funny song and unexpected – which you need to expect with Tex Perkins! They followed that up by “moving a bit further south and one of the seedier parts of Sydney”. Another humorous song with a nice bluesy feel.
They played a great mix of their own originals, covers and some Cruel Sea tracks – including one of my favourites ‘The Honeymoon is Over’.
An excellent hour of awesome blues / country music from a couple of Aussie greats. Just a pity they only had the one show! I would have happily gone to see them again.